March 15, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh baseball team (10-5) used two home runs and seven RBIs from Steven Shelinsky Jr. (Yardley, Pa.) and solid pitching from Matt Wotherspoon (JR/Mountain Top, Pa.) to drop Niagara (3-15), 17-3, this afternoon in its first game of the Panther Classic II at Cost Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
“Steven Shelinsky swung the bat extremely well and up and down the lineup I thought that we did a pretty good job,” said head coach Joe Jordano. “Spoon got a little out of synch in the middle innings but he settled down and did a solid job for us. We also played clean defensively so I was pleased with that.”
Wotherspoon (3-1) registered the win after pitching 7 innings of four hit ball with eight strikeouts, while Anthony Caringi (0-2) took the loss.
The Panthers got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning. Elvin Soto (SO/New York, N.Y.) lead off the inning with a walk. Shelinsky followed up with a homer to right. After Evan Oswald (SR/Butler, Pa.) registered a hit to short, Bennette Hill (FR/Olive Branch, Miss.) and Eric Hess (SO/Erie, Pa.) drew walks. Casey Roche (JR/Downingtown, Pa.) brought them all home with a triple to the gap in right center. Boo Vazquez (SO/Youngstown, Ohio) and Sam Parente (SR/Pittston, Pa.) singled and Soto walked to load the bases again when Shelinsky struck again with an RBI single to give Pitt an eight run frame.
After NU scored in the top of the third, the Panthers added a pair on a Parente bloop double down the right field line to make the score 10-1 in favor of the Panthers.
The Purple Eagles added a pair in the top of four but Pitt responded with two of its own in bottom half of the inning.
Shelinsky hit his second homer of the afternoon in the bottom of the fifth a three run bomb over the right field wall. Pitt added two more runs to secure the 17-3 win.
Pitt will be back in action shortly when they face Toledo (6-9) in their second game of Panther Classic II.